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FT: Alfreton Town 2    5 Tamworth

29 August 2016

After the 5-1 mauling of Bradford Park Avenue, The Lambs went on their travels up the A38 to face Nicky Law and made one change ot the starting eleven.
Steve Tomassen made a return to the side after suspension at the expense of Greg Mills who took a seat on the bench.

Alfreton got the game underway with Tamworth, in the yellow away kit, attacking down the North Street hill.
On 3 Burns crossed from the right and Breslin tried to follow it into the box but was unable to get a touch.
A foul on Bradley 25 yards out in a central position set up Westcarr but his deadball was blocked.
Play switched from end to end but there was no real break through visible although Davies and Newton both looked hungry to make an early impact on the home side.
Alfreton started to exert a little pressure around the midway point in the first half but they found the Lambs defence a tough opponent to get past.
At the other end, on 25, Davies whipped the ball in from the left wing and Clarke anticipated well but sent his header over the target.
Belshaw dived to his right to prevent Hearn from putting the ball in to the far corner from the left of the area on 29.
Nyoni was booked for upended Newton on the halfway line on 31 and the referee needed to spend a minute restoring order amongst the home players.
Hearn made a run down the left wing but was prevented in taking a shot by the timely intervention of Lane on 32 Heaton clearly pushed Taylor over, off the ball, on 34 on the edge of the area and Davies struck it into the wall where Alfreton hand balled it setting Davies up with a penalty which he slotted past Spiess to give The Lambs the lead on 37 (1-0)
Davies whippe the ball in from the right on 43 and Newton nearly flicked it inside the far post from 18 yards out but it went wide of the mark.
Clarke put the ball into the danger area from the right on 45 and Davies connected with it sending a looping header onto the bar and out of play and the half time whistle blew.

HT: Alfreton Town 0    1 Tamworth

Tamworth kicked off up the North Street hill in the second half and Newton appeared to have been brought down under a hefty challenge on 47 but the referee pointed the other way.
Taylor forced Spiess into a low save from the left of the box on 49. Davies cross from the right found the head of Newton on 50 but it looped over the bar.
Monkhouse fired home the equaliser from close range after the Lambs defence fail to clear danger down the left channel and along the by-line leaving Belshaw exposed 1-1 (51 mins)
Five minutes later Bradley put the home side into the lead running onto the ball down the right channel and prodding it coolly past Belshaw (1-2, 56 mins)
Town manager Law made his tactics of stifling the play of Davies no secret as he shouted orders to his players but he was allowed to play the ball into the box on 69 and Newton forced Spiess to tip his header over the bar.
From the corner Clarke struck for goal from 25 yards and Speiss fumbled with Newton quick to react with a follow up that Lane smashed home from a yard out (2-2, 70 mins)
Ezewele was booked on 74 and from the halfway line freekick a corner was forced by Alfreton from which there were loud shouts for a penalty when Allan tumbled, but nothing was given.
Bradley appeared to handle but play was allowed to continue and then when he was tripped a few strides later the freekick set up the same player and his freekick was taken by Belshaw. Garnett went clean through albeit onto a high long ball from Heaton and got a good strike on it but it went wide past the left hand post and Dyer replaced Taylor on 82.
Alfreton forced a corner via a deflected shot from 18 yards but it was cleared wide and a foul gave The Lambs chance to regroup. Then, on 86, out of the blue, the ball went up into the air about 20 yards from goal and Ezewele struck it on the volley right footed into the top right corner of the goal to give The Lambs the lead, despite the best efforts of Spiess. (3-2, 86)
And after a booking for Davies and the inclusion of Briscoe for the same player, Newton mades it 4-2 in added time with a tidy finish after a cross from the right by Briscoe finds him in space on the left of the area.
Then Newton on the left found Briscoe in the centre and his pass to Dyer allowed the latter to cut back and strike home to make it 5-2 on 93.

Tamworth Team:

Belshaw (c.), Burns, Ezewele, Deeney, Tomassen, Lane, Breslin, Clarke (Smith 90+), Newton, Taylor (Dyer 82), Davies (Briscoe 88)
Subs:, Mills, Moulton

Booked: Taylor 53, Ezewele 74, Davies 88

Alfreton Town Team:

Speiss, Allan, Jordan, Heaton (Priestley 88), McGowan, Nyoni, Wilson, Hearn (Garnett 58), Monkhouse, Bradley (c.), Westcarr
Subs: (3 only) Smith

Booked: Nyoni 31, Jordan 53, Allan 85

Attendance: 547

Referee: Mr. M. Woods

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